Cris Jacobs Tour Dates:Sept 16 – Charlottesville, VA – Sprint Pavilion %Sept 17 – Cascade, WV – Deep Roots Mountain RevivalSept 23 – Clarksburg, MD – Hometown Get DownOct 19 – New York, NY – American BeautyOct 20 – Port Chester, NY – Garcia’sOct 21 – Hartford, CT – Arch Street TavernOct 22 – Fall River, MA – NarrowsNov 03 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theatre *Nov 04 – Washington, DC – Gypsy Sally’s *Nov 05 – Owings Mills, MD – Gordon Center *Nov 10 – Morgantown, WV – Schmitt’s SaloonNov 11 – Frostburg, MD – Dante’sNov 12 – Roanoke, VA – MartinsNov 16 – Macon, GA – Cox Capitol Theatre #Nov 17 – Atlanta, GA – Eddie’s Attic #Nov 18 – Nashville, TN – The Basement #Nov 19 – Whitesburg, KY – Appalshop TheatreNov 23 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head LiveNov 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club CaféDec 01 – Harrisburg, PA – TBDDec 02 – Philadelphia, PA – Ardmore Music HallDec 03 – Richmond, VA – The Camel% w/ Sturgill Simpson* w/ Amy Helm# w/ Marc Ford Whether alone with just the guitar and his voice or surrounded by a full band, Cris Jacobs enchants listeners with his inspired, poignant songwriting, virtuous guitar playing and soulfully transcendent voice. Jacobs has harnessed over a decade of trans-genre exploration on his second solo album, Dust to Gold, due for release on October 21, 2016 via American Showplace Music.The new album is a soul-stirring expression of the current chapter of his creative evolution, featuring twelve well-crafted songs that masterfully weave through the sweet and rugged landscape of soul, blues, country, gospel, and rock and roll.The lead single from the album is “Turn Into Gold”, a moving slide-guitar meditation about channeling the “muse,” or “tapping the source,” as Jacobs calls it. It’s about the desire to be, “enraptured in the mystery, the unknown, the questions, the answers all at once,” Jacobs describes. “If I’m playing or singing and I’m really connected to that source and I’m really locked in and there’s a room full of people experiencing that, the hope is then for them to get locked into their own thing, and it’s this beautiful, ecstatic magic that happens. To me, this is that elusive goal that I chase every time I sit down to write a song or every time I get on stage to perform.”Listen to “Turn Into Gold,” streaming below.Jacobs’ full band includes a richly funky rhythm section with Todd Herrington on bass, Dusty Ray Simmons on drums, and John Ginty on Hammond organ and keyboards, who has been a master side man for years, working with Jewel, Citizen Cope, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and most currently, with The Dixie Chicks.Whether its his work with The Bridge from 2001-2011, his side project Neville Jacobs with keyboardist Ivan Neville and more, anyone who listens to Cris Jacobs is bound to be impressed. Be sure to catch Jacobs on the road, touring extensively throughout the fall in support of the new release!
A widespread soybean pest the past five years, the kudzu bug population in Georgia is much lower this growing season.Though still present in soybean fields across the state, kudzu bug populations are nowhere near what they have been in previous years.Soybean farmers aren’t complaining“This has been a pleasant surprise to most soybean farmers in Georgia,” said Michael Toews, University of Georgia research entomologist on the Tifton Campus.Kudzu bugs, or “Megacopta cribraria,” have green-to-brown bodies, stippled wing covers and wide back ends. A member of the stink bug family, they can be confused with brown marmorated stink bugs or lady beetles.Kudzu bugs, in numbers, have a distinct odor often mistaken for a natural gas leak. They also feed on Georgia’s most famous weed, kudzu, and other legumes. They are most active in the spring.Wayne Gardner, a UGA entomologist and scientist based on the Griffin campus, attributes the drop in kudzu bug numbers this year to the abnormal winter cold snap that swept through the southeastern United States last year. “If the southeastern part of the United States experiences a winter without abnormally low temperatures like we had last winter, then we will likely see kudzu bug numbers return to relatively high numbers next spring,” said Gardner who began his study of the pest when it initially arrived in northeast Georgia in October 2009.“[The kudzu bug] came from a climate very similar to ours. If you look at it across the latitudes that we are located in, it also exists in those latitudes in Asia,” said Gardner. “The habitats and the latitudes relative to the equator are very similar, but we had an uncharacteristically cold winter.Higher populations likely in springIf the southeastern part of the country experiences a normal winter in the upcoming months, higher kudzu bug populations are likely to return next spring, Gardner said.While temperatures played a role in reducing kudzu bug populations, a tiny wasp helped, too.Native to Asia, these parasitic wasps are natural predators to kudzu bugs. The wasp lays its egg in kudzu bug’s egg; then, the developing wasp larva destroy the kudzu bug egg as it develops. The kudzu bug isn’t an economic pest in its native land because the wasps control the populations there, Toews said. The U.S. discovery of these wasps over the last two years led to the hypothesis that the decline in kudzu bugs is due to the wasps’ arrival. There have been numerous sightings of the wasp over the past couple of weeks. Last year, the wasp was found in the same area as the kudzu bug on initial discovery, Toews said. Now, the wasp has been spotted in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. It will take a couple of years for scientists to determine the definitive reason for the decrease in the kudzu bug population.Munching on kudzu and soybeansWhen prevalent and untreated, kudzu bugs can have a devastating impact on soybeans, a crop worth $126.6 million in Georgia. Kudzu bugs are sucking insects that feed on the plant’s sap, which weakens and stresses the plant. The stress can result in yield loss.“On average, in trials we’ve conducted in previous years, our yield loss averages 19 percent where we’ve failed to treat kudzu bugs,” said Phillip Roberts, a UGA Extension entomologist based in Tifton. Kudzu bugs have been observed in soybeans this year, but not at the population sizes seen in recent years, said Roberts. In past years, one to two insecticide applications have been needed to control kudzu bugs; but, this year most farmers haven’t had to spray at all.Less kudzu bugs also means more kudzu. “Some of the kudzu patches that we normally sample from and look at and watch over the season had a rebound in kudzu growth this year, likely because they didn’t have the quantity of kudzu bugs attacking them,” Gardner said.For more information on kudzu bugs, visit www.kudzubug.org.
Shaun Murphy was made to work hard before he finally progressed with the 2008 winner holding off Jack Lisowski towards the end of their tie. The “Magician”, who was the beaten finalist here two years ago, came out on top following a topsy-turvy match against Lisowski, advancing after a 6-4 win. Murphy lost the first frame but hit back to claim the next four and was unlucky not to claim a century break in the fourth with 98, only to make amends in the fifth with a score of 103-26 to move 4-1 up. Lisowski pulled one back before 2005 world champion Murphy claimed the next frame and the 23-year-old from Cheltenham attempted to make a comeback as he won the eighth and ninth before his opponent finished the game off with a 67-13 score. Judd Trump showed some ominous form with three centuries as he beat Fraser Patrick 6-3 earlier on Monday. The Bristolian surged into a 4-0 interval lead and though his opponent came back into the game, he had enough of a cushion and was always comfortable. Trump made an 85 break in the first frame and when he made 129 and 130 in the next two, it looked like being a short afternoon’s work. Patrick was in first with 59 in frame four but could not close it out and Trump nicked it for a 4-0 lead. The interval came at a good time for Patrick and he got on the board with a 66 break and then closed further to 4-2. The players shared the next two frames with half-centuries before Trump wrapped up the game with his third century, a 104. Ricky Walden recorded two century breaks as he claimed a comfortable 6-1 victory over three-times finalist Ken Doherty to reach the last 16 of the UK Championship at York’s Barbican Centre. The 32-year-old from Chester made light work of his Irish opponent as he sailed into a 3-0 lead before Doherty pulled one back in the fourth frame which he dominated 65-1. But the world number eight won the next three – the final two with impressive breaks of 129 and 128 respectively – to knock 1997 world champion Doherty out and set up a fourth-round clash against Joel Walker or Stuart Bingham. Trump’s attitude has often been criticised but this season he has won the Australian Goldfields Open, his first ranking tournament win for nearly two years, and reached the final of the recent Champion of Champions event in Coventry. He told BBC Two: “I’ve put the work in a lot more than I have done in the past, probably 50 per cent more. That’s just because of my lack of results in the last couple of seasons, I felt like I’d stood still and everyone else had moved on around me. “When I’m really confident I don’t practice that much because there’s no point boring yourself. But after Australia I played five hours a day solid, phone off and just practice. “I’m trying to concentrate on my snooker and forget going out and stuff like that.” John Higgins produced a vintage showing to beat another former champion Matthew Stevens 6-2. The Scot made breaks of 59, 81, 62 – after Stevens was first in with 61 in frame four – to lead 3-1 at the interval. He then added a 128 and a 52 in a convincing win and put his improved form this week down to a new shorter cueing motion. Higgins next faces Anthony McGill, who claimed a 6-5 comeback victory over Nigel Bond to progress, while David Morris beat David Gilbert 6-2 and will face Stephen Maguire or Mark Williams. Also on Monday evening, Marco Fu saw off Dechawat Poomjaeng 6-3 to set up a last-16 meeting with Murphy – a rematch of the 2008 final – while Matthew Selt overcame Rory McLeod 6-4 in a late finish. Press Association
Detroit has reportedly made several players available in the market including Boyd and outfielder Nicholas Castellanos among others, and at this point, Boyd might actually be the best starting pitcher who could be traded.Let us explain first, because there are bigger names out there than Boyd. Giants ace Madison Bumgarner could be dealt as could Rangers surprise lefty Mike Minor and Blue Jays starters Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez. Related News MLB trade rumors: Yankees’ Brian Cashman would do ‘whatever it takes’ to land Max Scherzer MLB trade rumors: White Sox may want to add controllable starter The Brewers have been connected to a potential starting pitcher in the trade market.Milwaukee has been “eyeballing” Tigers lefty Matt Boyd, according to The Athletic. But Boyd has something those guys really don’t have: he has proven he can post massive strikeout numbers and a good ERA in a day in age where strikeouts are absolutely paramount to postseason success.As Astros ace Justin Verlander said earlier this week, the game used to be about missing barrels, but today it’s about missing the bat entirely.Boyd has done that this year posting 118 strikeouts in 94 2/3 innings pitched. He is seventh in MLB in strikeouts and sixth in K/9 at 11.21. Having a pitcher like that in the playoffs is absolutely vital.And the Brewers could certainly use him as Brandon Woodruff and Zach Davies have been good this year but Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta have been demoted to the bullpen and Jimmy Nelson is still working his way back from injury.The addition of Boyd would be great for Milwaukee, the question simply becomes: at what cost? The Tigers are apparently not going to give up Boyd for nothing as he has three years of team control left, so what would the Brewers have to give up to get him? It might take a guy like Corey Ray who was a first-round pick for Milwaukee a few years ago, or even a guy like Burnes who still has value in the trade market and would give a team a more MLB-ready player.The fact is though the Brewers have needed real help in their starting rotation for a couple of years now and general manager David Stearns watched his former organization win a World Series by adding Verlander in a trade at the non-waiver deadline in 2017.He has seen what a deal can do, now it’s just a question of whether he’ll give up what it takes to get a deal done.